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Hot take: Martin Scorsese's Joker movie might be good but might also be bad, more as it develops

Posted by Ali Gray at 13:00 on 23 Aug 2017
Hot take: Martin Scorsese's Joker movie might be good but might also be bad, more as it develops
Two separate news stories broke in the same news story this morning. First, it was reported that Martin Scorsese would be producing a brand new '80s crime-era origin story for The Joker, with the role recast and the film unrelated to the nascent DC Cinematic Universe. Then, upon further scrutiny, it was discovered in the same report that Todd Phillips would be directing it. Oh. Right. Rough, meet smooth. Depending on how you frame it, this is either a savvy move from DC to decentralise their movie universe by putting legendary filmmaking talent at the centre of it, or it's an act of desperation from a studio who can't settle on a tone and can't even keep an actor interested in a role between one movie and the next. Which opinion is correct? Find out after these messages!

Important investigation: what would Henry Cavill's Superman look like with a moustache?

Posted by Ali Gray at 07:30 on 25 Jul 2017
Important investigation: what would Henry Cavill's Superman look like with a moustache?
In the true spirit of investigative journalism, we recently learned that Henry Cavill will be sporting a moustache during his Justice League reshoots, so we set to work imagining what such a thing would look like. Screw you, Failing New York Times, that Pulitzer is mine.

The Shiznit's Not Unlistenable Podcast: Dunkirk

Posted by Matt Looker at 13:00 on 24 Jul 2017
The Shiznit's Not Unlistenable Podcast: Dunkirk
Our latest podcast episode is now live! But then you already knew that, because it has automatically appeared in your feed thanks to you subscribing the first time. ISN'T THAT RIGHT?

Our new not unlistenable podcast: War For The Planet Of The Apes

Posted by Matt Looker at 07:00 on 12 Jul 2017
Our new not unlistenable podcast: War For The Planet Of The Apes
Yes, we did another podcast. No wait, come back! This one is only 20 minutes and it might be good! Well... it is only 20 minutes.

An oral history of superhero actors complaining about going to the toilet

Posted by Ali Gray at 07:00 on 06 Jul 2017
An oral history of superhero actors complaining about going to the toilet
There's a strange, unspoken relationship between a journalist and a film star that absolutely nothing personal must be discussed during an interview. Except, that is, when that film star is playing a superhero, in which case it's absolutely on message to ask them exactly how they pissed and/or shat while wearing their super-suit. The weirdest thing is just how willing the actors are to share.

Zack Snyder revealed a new picture of Batman but Donald Trump is still president so nothing matters

Posted by Ali Gray at 14:30 on 29 Jun 2017
Zack Snyder revealed a new picture of Batman but Donald Trump is still president so nothing matters
Filmmaker Zack Snyder has released a brand new picture of Batman from the forthcoming superhero ensemble Justice League but Donald J Trump is still in the White House so the very concept of justice is a joke and we remain numb to everything.

17 random observations on Wonder Woman because a review posted this late would just seem sarcastic

Posted by Ali Gray at 22:00 on 17 Jun 2017
17 random observations on Wonder Woman because a review posted this late would just seem sarcastic
I saw Wonder Woman about two weeks ago. Then I wrote some stuff about it that I couldn't coalesce into a coherent review. Then I got into that Netflix show about the dead nun. Then I went on holiday. And now, I give that incoherent gibberish to you, dear reader.

Suicide Squad, DC and the Warner Bros war against coherence

Posted by Ali Gray at 23:00 on 08 Aug 2016
Suicide Squad, DC and the Warner Bros war against coherence
It should be abundantly clear now to anyone with even a passing interest in superhero movies that the concept of the "shared universe" should be feared. Credit to Marvel: they took a big risk, did their groundwork and built up their shared universe by releasing not one but four successful individual franchises, before bringing them together like a corporate executive doing an overbite and interlocking his fingers in the universal sign language for 'synergy'. Everyone else saw The Avengers' box-office success and thought, 'Yeah, we'll have a bit of that. But sod all that hard work!' And thus, the very blueprint for superhero movies was torn up, sellotaped back together and plonked on the desks of finance departments throughout Hollywood.

Review: Suicide Squad

Posted by Matt Looker at 13:30 on 05 Aug 2016
Suicide Squad
Here's something that shouldn't be a thing: any director, cast member or studio that says "we made it for the fans, not the critics". Now, I would say that I occupy a space somewhere in between those two clearly very unique and separate positions. I'm an occasional blogger currently writing a review (that, heaven forbid, will be listed on Rotten Tomatoes) but who particularly enjoys superheroes and comic-book movies. So where does the DC party line of 'fans not critics' leave me? I'll tell you where - in the same place as literally anybody else who sees this film: with an opinion, and only that. Obviously, it should be argued as objectively as possible, but for the sake of DC's stance in the matter, let me try to review this like a fan rather than like a clueless critic doing super-serious critiquing on Marvel's payroll. With that in mind, Suicide Squad is a bit rubbs.

Review: Now You See Me 2

Posted by Becky Suter at 13:00 on 04 Jul 2016
Now You See Me 2
Wanna a see a magic trick? Yeah you do. Everyone loves magic. Think of a number between 1 and 5. Multiply it by 9. Add the two digits of your answer together to get a single digit. Subtract 5 from this number. If A is 1, B is 2 etc, find the letter of the alphabet that corresponds to your number. Pick a country that starts with this letter. Now think of an animal that starts with the second letter of that country. Now imagine what colour that animal usually is. By the end of this review, I shall reveal the animal and the country you were thinking of (*pauses for astonished but also mesmerised silence*). But right now, I can tell you’re thinking, "isn’t this a somewhat laboured and overlong opening paragraph for a 3 star film?" You are, aren’t you? (*waves arms*) THAT’S MAGIC (*dead dove drops from sleeve*)
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